How do you find time to write?

I don’t find time to write, I make time to write. If I don’t, I’ll never get started.

But I have a full-time job, you say.

I never say making the time to write was easy. I simply said it was necessary.

I know how hard it is to make time to write. I worked in the movie industry for 20 years, where 16-hour days are standard. I solved my writing problem the only way I could. I scratched out five minutes at a time as often as I could throughout the day. I wrote during my half hour break for lunch. I wrote when we had a long setup.

I wrote whenever I could during my work day because when it was over, I had no time for anything but sleep. Then I’d get up and do it all over again.

Weekends? Sure, if I had any brain cells left at the end of an 80-hour work week, but my wife expected me to pay attention to her on weekends. Can’t blame her for that. She hadn’t seen me all week and I wanted to spend time with her.

Making time to write is about setting priorities. No matter how busy your day is, you can find a few minutes to write. If writing is important then you will find a way to get it done.

I simply don’t feel good if I don’t write something each day, even if it’s just for five or ten minutes. That’s the thing though, isn’t it? It’s never five or ten minutes. Once I’m pounding on my keyboard, time no longer matters.

It’s all about getting my ass in that writing chair and starting. But that’s the issue with pretty much anything worthwhile in life. The trouble is getting started.

If you’re one of those slackers, as I used to joke with my wife, who only works 8 hours a day, you have no excuse. You have tons of time to write.

Turn off the stupid box. Create something interesting on the page instead. Writing is required. Television is not.

Write every day. Write like your life depends upon it. If you’re like me in the slightest, you already feel like it does.

The Perfect 10 Plots community is growing every day. Find someone in the Facebook group you connect with and ask them to be your writing accountability partner. Set a word count goal each week and ask them to help you meet your commitment. Do the same for them.

Writing is a solitary occupation, but the journey down Publication Highway is so much more pleasant when we help and support each other along the way.

 

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